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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute masterpiece!, 18 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Poem Strip: Including An Explanation of the Afterlife (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
This is really marvellous. I read it in Italian ("Poema a fumetti") many years ago, and it struck me. I love most of Buzzati's books, especially his short stories, but this is probably his best. The most original and peculiar, no doubt. Although he is not very famous outside Italy, here he is well known, and deservedly. To me, Buzzati is the best Italian writer of the twentieth century. At all costs, don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive early graphic novel by underrated Italian author, 16 April 2010
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Andres C. Salama (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Poem Strip: Including An Explanation of the Afterlife (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
Originally written in 1969, this is a bizarre but attractive graphic novel-style modern retelling of the Orpheus and Euridice myth. In Milan, during the late 1960s, a brooding rock star descends to the underworld to bring back his beloved girlfriend (called Eura here) to the world of the living. The bizarre drawings (by the author himself, and clearly influenced by the pop art of the era) seeps horror and sex in every page. Italian writer Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) is to me one of the most underrated authors of the 20th century. He is not very well known, but every book I have read from him is extremely commendable, from the classic philosophical novel The Tatar Steppe to the mythical The Secret of the Old Forest to the children book The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily and to the terrific tale of crazy love Un Amore.
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